‘THE ABIDING FEAR OF BLACK SELF-DETERMINATION’
… this is the fear of white Americans!! … they will be in the minority!!
Doreen St. Félix (The New Yorker, 12 January 2018) writes on Trump’s “fixation on Haiti,” which she interprets as an “abiding fear of black self-determination.” Especially poignant is her statement that “[Frederick]Douglass observed in his 1893 speech that the American mistreatment of Haiti demonstrated how ‘our boasted civilization is far behind all other nations.’ His judgment has not yet been disproven.” [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing this article.]
Eight years ago today, at 4:53 p.m., an earthquake hit Haiti, killing an estimated three hundred thousand people and displacing more than a million. An ensuing cholera crisis, for which the United Nations has admitted responsibility but has not given reparations, claimed tens of thousands more lives. When, on Thursday, in a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers about the status of the Dreamers, Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as “shithole countries,” the timing compounded…
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